I am such a plotser (combination plotter and pantser). I might or might not write my plot down, but I know most of the key points in my story before I get too far into it. Let's face it, though I feel it steals some of my creativity, I would do myself a lot better if I could plot everything up front. So, here are my top ten reasons to plot.
10. Teacher told you to. (As an educator, I fully endorse this reason)
9. Fashion is so unreliable, you never know if you are wearing the current en vogue pants to write in today.
8. You get to use all those colorful post-it notes, cards, timelines, and you get to make collages.
7. You don't want to be a Moses--wandering around for forty years on the same project.
6. All the cool writers are doing it. (As an educator, I can't endorse this reason really)
5. When someone asks, "What's your story about?", you might actually know.
4. People take you more seriously as a writer (Bwahaha, excuse the snorting and laughing coming from myself).
3. Plot holes big enough to walk through are avoided (Now they're only big enough to get your upper body through).
2. The writing thing is too easy if you don't add something exciting and complicated to it.
1. I need one more thing to distract me from writing.
Into the Fire available October 5, 2011